Let’s face it – I’ve made no secret of my hatred for Emma’s Diary, and pregnancy guides of its ilk. Focusing on a fairly perfect pregnancy and presenting it as though every woman will have this experience only leads to a lot of disappointment for a lot of pregnant, hormonal women (not a pretty sight, I can assure you).
That said, there are some pregnancy books I can wholeheartedly recommend – whether I read them during pregnancy or I’ve stumbled upon them since, in the process of writing my own! Without further ado, here are the five pregnancy books I do recommend reading.
- What To Expect When You’re Expecting. This is an American book, so some of the terminology might take a little getting used to, but let’s face it – a vagina is a vagina, wherever you are. This book is arguably the most famous of all pregnancy guides, and is revered as more of a pregnancy bible. From what I’ve seen of it, it deserves the title – it also covers what to do when things don’t quite go as planned, rather than just promising you the perfect pregnancy. Plus, it inspired the sub-title of this blog, so I can’t do a list of recommended pregnancy books without mentioning this one!
2. The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide. As the title suggests, this book is aimed more at first-time dads – but it’s written in such an approachable, engaging way that I found myself not only compelled to read it, but also learning so much from it! I really recommend it for first time parents-to-be who aren’t too sure quite what pregnancy will entail for them.
3. Pregnancy: The Mumsnet Guide. As you’ll probably already know, on this blog, I have one rule when it comes to discussing parenting forums – Mumsnet is life, Mumsnet is love. Their pregnancy guide is no exception. Don’t go in expecting unicorns and rainbows dancing around your pert little bump – but make the most of the honesty, wit, wisdom and reassurance from other people who have been exactly where you are.
4. Hello My Name Is Pabst. If you’re planning on being non-conformist hipster-y parents, this is the baby naming guide for you. If you’re not, then this guide is perfect to tell you what names to avoid. Either way it’s hilarious, honest, blunt and informative; guaranteed to raise a smile whatever your naming preferences, and that’s why it’s made its way onto the pregnancy book list (because you’d only really buy this book during pregnancy… I’m assuming, anyway…).
5. The Speed Bump. Okay, so that’s just my blog header – the cover for the book is still a work in progress. And the book itself hasn’t been released yet. Okay, AND I wrote it. But what good is writing a book if you can’t indulge in a little self-promotion for it? Seriously, I have no idea how good this book will be, or whether anyone will find it useful – but it’s something I wish I’d had when I was dealing with my pregnancy, so hopefully my pregnant readers out there will find it useful too. Plus I’d really like to sell at least one copy. Please?
Shameless self-endorsement over, that’s my list of the pregnancy books I can recommend that you read. Of course, maybe you are having the perfect pregnancy, and so all of those sunshine-and-rainbows guides will be perfect for you – but if you know from the off that you’re not going to have the smoothest ride, these books should still be able to guide you through it.
The blog does not accept products for review or PR opportunities, so you can be sure that when you see a review, it’s something I’ve chosen to buy and review myself – and I’ll always be (brutally) honest.